Tiger turned down Ryder Cup assistant captain job

Tiger turned down Ryder Cup assistant captain job

Woods winced often after shots at the U.S. Open.
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Tiger Woods, who will miss this year’s Ryder Cup due to injury, said he was asked if he’d consider being an assistant captain to the U.S. team, but he declined the offer.

“I wouldn’t do it for a couple reasons,” Woods said in a written statement to fans. “No. 1: I’m not on the team. No. 2: The event should be about the competitors and the competition. The guys will have plenty on their minds and I wish them the best. I’ll be cheering loudly.”

The world No. 1 is still at home in Florida, recuperating from knee surgery and stress fractures, where he spends his time watching sports, playing video games and reading. In his statement, he gave a detailed explanation of his knee injury and its effect on his play at the U.S. Open in June, where he won his 14th major championship.

“When I had arthroscopic surgery on my left knee after the Masters, I knew my ACL was basically shot,” Wood said. “I was just trying to get through the season, then planned to have reconstructive surgery. Unfortunately for me, I developed two stress fractures during my rehabilitation and that set me back.

“I wanted to play in the Memorial Tournament, but couldn’t walk. I just figured if I took it easy for a couple weeks, I would be able to play in the U.S. Open,” Woods said.

His rehabilitation before the U.S. Open consisted of hitting four or five balls in a row, and then sitting in the cart, because the stress fractures hurt. Once the pain subsided, he would hit a few more balls He also said he worked hard on his putting.

During the tournament, Woods said his knee throbbed when he walked, but it was swinging the club that really hurt.

“I didn’t really have a go-to shot because I wasn’t sure where the pain was coming from. … Saturday was pretty bad, but Sunday was worse,” Woods said. “Honestly I never thought about quitting. I was going to make it. I might have been slow but I wasn’t going to to stop playing. Would I do it again? Probably. I knew I could win.”

You can read Tiger’s full statement on tigerwoods.com.

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